Career Path Led Carr to Run for Judge | Local news

Eric Carr’s legal life has taken many avenues with his eye always on a position he now seeks – to serve as a judge.

Carr, 48, of Elizabethtown, is hoping to replace circuit judge Kelly Mark Easton, who is stepping down from the local bench after more than 20 years. He applied for a position as judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeal.

“Becoming a judge has been something I’ve wanted ever since I had my first exposure to the justice system as a police officer,” said Carr, from Henry County, Indiana. He has been a local Commonwealth Deputy Prosecutor since 2009. “From there, becoming a prosecutor seemed like a natural path to the bench.

Carr filed for the 9th Judicial Circuit, 3rd Division. The latest filing update shows Carr is unopposed in the non-partisan race.

Carr, a 2002 graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, has lived in Hardin County since 2007.

“I was born and raised in Henry County, Indiana, where I grew up farming and construction,” he said. “However, most of my family are actually from Kentucky. My grandmother was very excited when we moved here ‘to the homeland’ as she calls it. …”

The Carr’s moved to Hardin County after his wife, Barb, was transferred to the Ireland Army Hospital in Fort Knox to become chief of the emergency medicine department.

“Like many servicemen, we found that we loved Hardin County and chose to stay here to raise our families,” Carr said.

Carr started as a staff attorney for Hardin Circuit Court in early 2008 and then moved to his current post at the end of 2009.

He began his career in law enforcement as a deputy sheriff in Indianapolis. He began his law studies at Indiana University School of Law before completing his final year of law at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio after his wife was assigned to Fort Sam Houston.

Carr was nominated last year for the seat of Ken Howard’s 2nd Division circuit court. That post went to Judge John Simcoe, who was a district court judge at the time of his appointment.

“Hardin County has always been fortunate to have great judges and I’ve learned from two of the best over the past 14 years,” said Carr. “Working as an attorney for Judge Howard and Judge Easton, I saw first-hand the actual workings of the court and the challenges of the bench.

“With Judge Howard’s retirement and Judge Easton’s stint on the Court of Appeal, it’s time for me to step up and continue their great work,” he said.

The last day to run for judicial office in next year’s election is January 7.

Jeff D’Alessio can be contacted at 270-505-1404 or [email protected]

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